ACTION ALERT: Farm Bill Paves Way for Mandatory NAIS

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On Thursday, July 19, the U.S. House Ag Committee passed the Farm Bill with a provision that paves the way for mandatory NAIS. Inserted by Collin Peterson (U.S. House Ag. Committee Chairman, D-MN), the provision allows linking mandatory NAIS to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) by repealing a law that now prevents that.

The Farm Bill will be voted on by the full U.S. House by the end of July. You must get through to your representative immediately.

In short: COOL becomes law in 2008 and requires source verification of livestock stamped “U.S.” Source verification can be provided privately by industry, but will be used as leverage for mandatory NAIS if Peterson’s provision passes the full House.

The current law reads: “The Secretary [of Agriculture] shall not use a mandatory identification system to verify the country of origin of a covered commodity.” Peterson’s provision would repeal this law. Peterson’s provision states: REPEAL OF PROHIBITION ON MANDATORY
IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING. (Title XI, Subtitle B, Section 11101 of the Farm Bill).

NOTE: Representatives are being told by Peterson’s people that this provision is just in there “in case of emergencies” as an “extra” database. This makes no sense and is a smokescreen. If we do not stop this NOW, they will probably be able to force mandatory NAIS.

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ACTION: Contact your representative and tell him or her you OPPOSE Title XI, Subtitle B, Section 11101 of the Farm Bill that allows linking COOL to mandatory NAIS. Call and SEND FAXES. Find your Representative at www.house.gov. Tell them to REMOVE this provision from the Farm Bill.

If you can find a way to meet personally with your Representative, or his agricultural aide, please do so at once!

WHAT TO SAY

Ask to speak to your Representative’s Agriculture Aide.

  • My name is ______ and I am calling about the Farm Bill. I would like to speak to the agricultural aide for Representative ______. Who is that please?
  • Please ask Representative ______ to remove Title XI, Subtitle B, Section 11101 of the Farm Bill. This section allows a mandatory National Animal Identification System (NAIS) to be linked to Country of Origin Labeling. I oppose NAIS. This section would allow COOL to be used as leverage for forcing mandatory NAIS. NAIS has nothing to do with Country of Origin Labeling and the law currently prohibits using mandatory NAIS for COOL. This section would change the law and allow COOL to be used as an excuse for forcing NAIS on farmers who do not want it, do not need it, and will be destroyed by it. Americans want local food and NAIS will destroy local agriculture. Please tell Representative ______ to remove this provision from the Farm Bill. Thank you.

WHAT TO FAX

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman ______,

I am writing about the Farm Bill to urgently request that you remove Title XI, Subtitle B, Section 11101. This section allows a mandatory National Animal Identification System (NAIS) to be linked to Country of Origin Labeling.

I oppose NAIS. NAIS has nothing to do with Country of Origin Labeling and the law currently prohibits using mandatory NAIS for COOL. This section would change the law and allow COOL to be used as an excuse for forcing NAIS on farmers who do not want it, do not need it, and will be destroyed by it. The overwhelming majority of America’s small farmers are not affected by COOL, yet they are the ones who would be destroyed by the mandatory NAIS that this section paves the way for. Americans want local food and NAIS will destroy local agriculture. Please remove Title XI, Subtitle B, Section 11101 from the Farm Bill.

Thank you.

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(You must include this information so they can verify you are from their
district. If you don’t include it they will toss your fax.)